BAFTAs & Oscars: A transatlantic love affair

The BAFTAs have foreseen four Best Picture Oscar winners — Gladiator” (2000), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) and “The Hurt Locker” (2009) — since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting.

Last year, “The Hurt Locker” won six of its eight BAFTA bids while “Avatar” prevailed in just two of its eight bids — production design and visual effects — and “An Education” took just one of its eight nominations with a Best Actress win for Carey Mulligan (“The Blind Side” starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was not released in time to contend) “Up in the Air” went one for six winning adapted screenplay while “Precious” came out on top in one of its four categories, supporting actress (Mo’Nique). The lone win for “Inglorious Basterds” was for supporting actor Christoph Waltz. Both those acting champs repeated at the Oscars. The BAFTAs went for native Colin Firth (“A Single Man”) over eventual Oscar winner Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”).

Two years ago, “Slumdog Millionaire” won with BAFTA first as did three of the four Oscar winners — Kate Winslet (“The Reader”), Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”). BAFTA Best Actor champ Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) lost the Oscar to Sean Penn (“Milk”).

While home-grown “Atonement” took the 2007 BAFTA Best Picture prize over eventual Oscar winner “No Country for Old Men,” all four BAFTA acting winners — Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) and Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) — went on to repeat at the Oscars.

In 2006, “The Queen” won over the Brits for Best Picture edging out eventual Oscar champ “The Departed.” Again, all four of the acting champs — Forrest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”), Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) went on to Oscar wins.

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